The challenge facing our country:
There are approximately 6.5 million children aged 0 to 6 years old in South Africa.
59.2% are living in circumstances of extreme poverty.
Recent studies reveal that approximately 68% of children aged 4 and below in South Africa do not have access to, or are not able to attend early childhood development (ECD) centres.
Mookgophong is a community of 24,583 and was one such community affected.
The story so far:
Over the past few weeks we have travelled to our Early Childhood Development centres in Mookgopong, Limpopo and Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
The first stop was in Mookgopong to visit the Ramadimetja Sophia Mogotlane Early Developement Centre.
The new ECD centre has been in operation for almost a year now and has become a vital resource for the community. Currently there are 105 children who attend and we are very pleased to see the impact this centre has had on both the community and the young children.
It was equally important for our foundation to also meet with teachers, community members and leaders to find out how we can work with them to help improve the service the ECD centre provides to their community and ultimately the children.
We also touched base with Maria, the principal at the school.
She told us, the centre has made a big impact on our children from where we were last year and the community loves it; this centre is for the community. Here in Mookgopong there aren’t enough ECD centres and we need more as there are many children that have to stay at home while their parents
Watch our latest episode of #ImpactMoments for a good idea of where we started and where we are going.
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